April Fools

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Over 50s are fool for a prank

It seems that when it comes to April Fool’s Day, a number of over 50s can’t resist to play some pranks.

Research from Saga Insurance has found that a staggering 69% of over 50s relish the challenge of spotting an April Fool’s story in the news and enjoy participating in a bit of harmless fun themselves.

The study of more than 10,000 people over the age of 50 found that half of them enjoy playing pranks on others on 1ST April.

A further 57% said that they have had jokes played on them. While Stannah stair lifts (and other stairlift producers) are popularly viewed as defining many older people – it seems no matter how old you are, the joy of a good practical joke never loses it’s appeal.

Director General, Saga, Dr Ros Altman commented, “We were delighted to see that the over 50s embrace the great tradition of April Fool’s Day. These are generations who have always enjoyed a bit of harmless fun and definitely don’t intend to stop as they get older.

Anyone who thinks older people are not up for enjoying life to the full is mistaken. The traditional stereotypes and Victor Meldrew examples are well off the mark.”

The day of jokers and fools is celebrated all over the world and if you enjoy a good lark, here are some of the best April fools pranks of all time.

1. 1957 Spaghetti Harvest

The BBC famously fooled the nation with a special Panorama piece on Switzerland’s small spaghetti harvest. The spoof documentary showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti off a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. The presenter, Richard Dimbleby, explained that each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length.

Some viewers did not see the funny side and complained that the BBC was supposed to show a serious factual program. This was famously one of the first times the medium of television had been used to stage an April Fool’s Day prank.

2. 1977 San Serriffe

The Guardian devoted seven pages on 1st April 1977 to the discovery of San Serriffe, a cluster of islands shaped like a semi-colon, situated in the Indian Ocean. One of which was called Upper Caisse and the other, Lower Caisee.